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Art to live by – February edition

26.02.2019 | By ELENA LONGARI

Art lovers, photography enthusiasts and those of you addicted to being stunned by visuals, we have been looking around, the world, to select the most salient exhibitions starting in February 2019.

Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption, Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles

February 12 – March 12

Industrial America, the sense of abandonment and disenchantment, pure desolation are the emotions Seattle based artist Chris Jordan will definitely trigger in his exhibition at the Kopeikin Gallery.

“I enjoy exploring around our country’s shipping ports and industrial junk yards, where the accumulated detritus of our consumption is exposed like eroded geological layers in the Grand Canyon. There I find evidence of a kind of slow-motion apocalypse in progress.”

– Chris Jordan

But it’s his silver lining that will have you stunned. Jordan finds it in intricate patterns created by abandoned detritus, an unexpected beauty that confirms one of the most current oxymorons: ugly is beautiful. As he misleads us into thinking this, Jordan’s is also an act of denouncing the devastating consequences of consumerism on society, encouraging us on doing some self-reflection.


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Erwin Blumenfeld in color, Foam Museum, Amsterdam

February 15 – April 14

Born in Germany in 1897, Erwin Blumenfeld is a photographer who experimented with various techniques to create portraits; he transformed his black and white compositions into colour, after it was introduced in the world of photography.  In 1941 he moved to the US and managed to establish a name as one of the most original fashion photographers in New York: why did he manage to stand out? The female body and death where his main muses, which he converted in surreal subjects. His granddaughter Nadia Blumenfeld-Charbit will open the exhibition.

Rage for Color Look, 1958 @ Erwin Blumenfeld

Thomas Struth, Nature & Politics, Fondazione MAST, Bologna

February 2 – April 22

The latest developments of modern technologies seen from the perspective of Thomas Struth, who since 2007 has been researching industrial sites all over the world to bring us places that are usually impossible to access. These include space research labs, nuclear plants and surgery theatres, which will be on show at Mast over a selection of 25 images. Not only does he depict the advances and complexity of machines, but he is also hinting at the politics and the commercial forces behind their functioning.

Franz West, Tate Modern Gallery, London

February 20 – 2 June

Papier-mâché pieces which visitors can pick up and move are the replicas of West’s Passstücke ‘on show’ at the Tate Modern Gallery from February 20th.  These interactive sculptures represent West’s trademark, a statement that changed the way art and its audience interact.

Stefan Altenburger Photography
Franz West Privatstiftung © Estate Franz West

…now, Páll Stefánsson, Reykjavík Museum of Photography

January 19  – May 12

We can’t change the light. But we can all move mountains, with sympathy and kindness – and right now. Yes …. now.”

…now is an ode to capturing the moment and in Páll Stefánsson’s own words that is exactly what his photography is about. Born in the Öxarfjörður district in north Iceland, Stefánsson has published 37 books where he captured landscapes and the unique subjects set in Iceland’s West Fjords. He is also a Sony Global Imaging Ambassador.


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I Draw, D Museum, Seoul Exhibition

February 14 – September 1

350 works from 16 different international artists with the aim or representing drawing in contemporary times is what’s one show at I Draw, an exhibition that means to explore the modern reconceptualization of drawings as a means of personal expressions.


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